Title

Weight Misperception and Cigarette Smoking among Healthy Weight Adolescents in the U. S: NHANES 2005–2014

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-12-2020

Publication Title

Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1080/1067828X.2020.1774025

ISSN

1547-0652

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between cigarette smoking and body perception across measured body weight among adolescents aged 12–19 years, using 2005–2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data. Adjustment showed that normal weight girls who perceived themselves as overweight had a significantly higher smoking prevalence ratio of 2.03 (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.22–3.40). The prevalence of cigarette smoking and weight misperceptions among adolescent girls indicates a need for topics addressing body perception and body image among students to be included in smoking prevention programs in schools. In addition, factors that shape adolescent girls’ perception of body weight should be examined.

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